Here’s how to keep Valentine’s Day flowers fresh, UF expert says

Flowers aren't cheap. Keep them fresh as long as possible by following some tips.

Flowers aren’t cheap. Keep them fresh as long as possible by following some tips.

If you’re lucky enough to receive a bouquet of fresh flowers for Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to keep them looking presentable for as long as possible.

Wendy Wilber, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences master gardener coordinator, says, “The trick is to keep the water clean of fungus and bacteria so the flowers can stay fresh longer.”

Here’s her advice:

Once you’ve brought your flowers inside, remove any leaves or blossoms that will end up underwater. Then, cut one-half to one inch off the stems with a sharp, clean knife.

  • Place the flowers in a clean vase filled with fresh water and, if you have it, flower preservatives. Do not add sugar, as it will bring bacteria and clog the stems.
  • If the water turns yellow and cloudy, wash the vase with soapy water and add fresh water with flower preservatives.
  • Re-cut and rinse the stems before placing them back into the container.
  • Keep the flowers away from heating and air-conditioning vents, and from direct sunlight.

For more information on how to care for cut flowers, watch this video or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM1jBVFlDVo.

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